Library of Congress Appoints Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel Directors of New Centers
The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public.“I am thrilled to have these...
July 13, 2018
Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures
The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns yesterday presented more than 225 rare, unique and historic items from 36 Library divisions. This will be only the second year that “Display Day” is open to the public since the program’s inauguration in 1991.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m....
July 12, 2018
Library of Congress Announces Application-Development Winners to Receive Over $1 Million in Grants
The Library of Congress today announced the selection of three organizations that will receive a total of $1,058,513 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on subjects related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.From a mobile game with civics-themed musicals, to an app that takes users back in time to the pre-19th Amendment...
July 9, 2018
Library of Congress Appoints Innovator-in-Residence Jer Thorp to Second Term
The Library of Congress has selected Jer Thorp to serve a second term as the Innovator-in-Residence. Thorp will continue his exploration of increasing spontaneous digital discovery in libraries with a tool and conceptual framework he is calling the “Serendipity Engine.”Thorp is best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. As a leading voice for...
July 6, 2018
Library of Congress Offers Unprecedented Access to North Korean Serial Collection
Home to one of the most prominent North Korean collections in the Western Hemisphere, the Asian Division at the Library of Congress has rolled out the North Korean Serials Database, an online indexing tool that offers researchers enhanced access to periodicals and articles published as far back as the 1940s.The database contains 34,000 indexed records for articles in 18 journals from North Korea that...
July 5, 2018
Recently Graduated Librarians Inaugurate Residency Program at Library of Congress
In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Library of Congress welcomed five librarians to its Librarians-in-Residence pilot program this summer. The residency runs from June 11 to December with the possibility of extension.The program gives early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and receive mentoring from seasoned staff at the Library.The five residents were selected from...
July 2, 2018
Library Washington Performing Arts Present Summer Concerts on the Lawn
The Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative will co-host the first “Summer Concerts on the Lawn”outdoor musical performance series. The performances will be Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 19 through Aug. 23 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The July 19 through Aug. 16 performances will...
June 22, 2018
Legal Historian to Discuss Historical Relationship of Religion, Politics and Law
Legal historian Sally Gordon will present the annual Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Maguire Lecture titled, “When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion and Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War,” on Tuesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. The event will be held in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
June 20, 2018
High School Students Win Top-Two Prizes for Congressional Data Challenge at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress today announced the winners of the Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to use legislative data sets sourced from Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.High school students won the top-two prizes for the data-based competition, which was open to the general public. The first place winners, awarded...
June 19, 2018
Fourth Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, July 19
E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ross Douthat of the New York Times will reflect on the origins of the “ideal of the American Dream” as well as explore the different ways conservatives and liberals imagine the future of the dream. ABC News correspondent Ann Compton will moderate the conversation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place...
June 18, 2018
Geographers on Film Series Tells the Story of the 20th Century in America
The Library of Congress’ Geography and Map division, in collaboration with the American Association of Geographers, has digitized an archive of more than 300 filmed interviews, called “Geographers on Film,” which highlights leading voices that transformed the discipline of cartography and geography in the 20th century in America.The complete series has been digitally preserved by the Library of Congress’ Audio-Visual Conservation Laboratory and the...
June 15, 2018
22nd Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture June 26
International scholars will take part in a conference, part of the 22nd Vardanants Day Armenian lecture series, titled “New Topics in Armenian History and Culture.” The conference, which will explore the linguistic, artistic, social and musical history of Armenia, will take place on Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in room LJ119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street...
June 14, 2018
Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
Readers of all ages will find familiar authors, illustrators and poets at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 18th annual festival will feature a diverse lineup of 115 authors – including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and two-time Newbery...
June 13, 2018
Library to Host 2nd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill
The Library of Congress will host the second annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series—which will showcase iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry—will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 12 through Aug. 16 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.Tickets for...
June 12, 2018
Library of Congress to Award Drew Gilpin Faust Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Drew Gilpin Faust, historian, university president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” will receive the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of the late John W. Kluge, will be awarded during a...
June 8, 2018
Local Teachers to Participate in National Education Program at Library of Congress
Local educators across the nation have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institute, part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program. The institute will run from June 18 to August 3. Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes...
June 5, 2018
Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry
The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2018 prize will be awarded in the fall.The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years, 2016 and 2017, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for...
June 4, 2018
Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2018 Summer Intern Program
The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program.This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 29 to August 3, includes 33 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress, which will expose the Junior Fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place at...
June 1, 2018
Swann Foundation Fellow to Discuss Visual Culture of the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)
Swann Foundation Fellow Erika Pazian will give an illustrated lecture at the Library of Congress discussing the visual imagery produced on both sides of the border during the U.S.- Mexican War (1846-1848). Pazian will present “Villains to be Vanquished: Envisioning the Enemy in the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)” at noon on Thursday, June 21, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the...
May 30, 2018
Library Receives Donation of Popular Art Valued in the Millions
The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials,...
May 29, 2018
Library of Congress Announces Reading-Writing Competition Winners
Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2018. The national program, now in its 26th year, asks young people in grades 4-12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.More than 46,800 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love...
May 25, 2018
Summer of Baseball to Feature Family Day, Series of Programs with Library's 'Baseball Americana' Exhibition
A vintage baseball clinic based on the game’s 19th-century rules, a children’s performance about African-American ballplayers, a conversation with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and a screening of the popular film “Field of Dreams” will highlight a summer of programs to accompany the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress.Baseball Americana Family Day on Saturday, July 14, will present a daylong series of...
May 24, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
May 17, 2018
Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in...
May 15, 2018
Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online
The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency. Documents from Wilson also are featured in the Library’s exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”Librarian of Congress Carla...
May 14, 2018
Mark Sweeney Named Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Mark Sweeney will serve as Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress.Sweeney has served as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress since September 2017.“Mark has been a dedicated public servant and leader at the Library for three decades,” Hayden said. “He brings an in-depth understanding of the institution and our staff to this office, and I am so pleased...
May 14, 2018
Library to Host Public Symposium on the Bible in American History, June 7
Scholars who study the impact of Biblical text on public life in the United States will discuss their research in a symposium titled “The Bible in American History”on Thursday, June 7,at the Library of Congress.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3 p.m. – 5p.m. in room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
May 11, 2018
Library's Cinematic Treasure Hunt for "Mostly Lost" Films
The hunt for lost cinematic treasure will take place again this year at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. Scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts will pool their collective expertise to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the seventh annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. This free...
May 10, 2018
Veterans History Project Commemorates 70th Anniversary of U.S. Military Desegregation
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched an online “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Equality of Treatment and Opportunity: Executive Order 9981,” marking the 70th anniversary of the landmark order that abolished racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces.The feature highlights 15 digitized collections in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of an African-American veteran who served...
May 9, 2018
'Call Me By Your Name' Author Kicks Off LGBT Month
In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the Library of Congress will host two discussions with writers whose works explore life within the LGBT community and have been adapted to the big screen. From the critically acclaimed novel “Call Me By Your Name” to the adapted film “Love, Simon,” conversations with the authors of these stories, André Aciman and Becky...
May 8, 2018
Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
May 7, 2018
Library of Congress Announces 2018 Homegrown Concert Series
The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music, dance and drama drawn from communities across the United States to the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The...
FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.The names of...
May 3, 2018
Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game
The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
May 2, 2018
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners,...
May 1, 2018
Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Contest
The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.The "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C.; Maryland;...
April 30, 2018
Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical
Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
April 27, 2018
Library of Congress Facilitates Access to Collections Through Innovative Technology
The Library of Congress has launched three new online interactive sites that highlight creative ways to facilitate the accessibility of thousands of collections, using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool to create story maps.Presenting the information in a curated format, story maps allow users to combine text, images and multimedia content in an online application that tells stories through data and the capabilities of...
Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center
From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
Jefferson Building Delayed Opening April 25
Due to a special event on Wednesday, Apr. 25, the Thomas Jefferson Building will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. to the public. The Great Hall, all exhibitions, the Library Shop in the Jefferson building as well as the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will not be open to the public until 10 a.m.Researchers with...
April 20, 2018
Librarian of Congress Announces New Director of Digital Strategy
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that she has appointed Kate Zwaard as the Library’s director of digital strategy, a position Hayden established to elevate the institution’s digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives. “When I think of the resources of the Library of Congress, married with the capabilities of today’s technology, the possibilities are almost limitless,” Hayden said. “This...
April 20, 2018
Library Celebrates Children's Book Week
The Library of Congress will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program on May 3, featuring the story behind the discovery and publication of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,”a previously unfinished Mark Twain folk tale brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator couple Philip and Erin Stead. This discussion is being hosted by the Library’s Young Readers...
April 19, 2018
Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month,...
April 18, 2018
Women in Entertainment Headline World Intellectual Property Day
World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26 since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Convention came into force. In celebration of this significant moment in history, the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress will feature prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, announced by WIPO, is...
April 17, 2018
Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online
The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that...
April 16, 2018
Library of Congress Digitizes Unique Japanese Censorship Collection
The Library of Congress’ Asian Division has digitized its Japanese Censorship Collection, a unique online archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of government-censored monographs and galley proofs from the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. The collection, originally from the Home Ministry’s library, reveals traces of the otherwise-hidden censorship process of the Japanese government through marginal notes, stamps, penciled lines and commentary inscribed by...
April 10, 2018
Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...